Dancing her way to a dream

Dancing her way to a dream

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photos by Billy Hardiman “A year ago I was petrified going into this—starting a new business and not having any idea whether it would work or not, or whether I would lose my shirt in the process,” recalls Mary Wall. “I anticipated huge losses the first year, and that didn’t happen.”) […]

Final session in free college planning series

College Connect continues its free Learn, Investigate, Fund, Transition, or L.I.F.T., workshop series from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Tempe Public Library. “Transition” is the topic for this final workshop in the series. It’s not necessary to have attended previous workshops, and attendees will be provided information and dates for what […]

Discovering their super powers

Discovering their super powers

On a recent Saturday, the downstairs of the Tempe Public Library looked like it was packed not only with readers but with characters from the shelves. Superheroes, aliens, sword-wielding warriors and zombie hunters prowled the , seeing and being seen. The occasion was not some interdimensional warp which deposited dozens of denizens of comics and […]

Being on time for class helps build good habits for future

Being on time for class helps build good habits for future

By Michelle Hirsch “I’m late, I’m late—for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye. I’m late; I’m late; I’m late!” exclaims White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Apparently there are numerous “White Rabbits” running around town. One survey showed that 15 percent of people in the U.S. are consistently late to […]

Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photo by Billy Hardiman With an alphabet soup of such terms as blended learning, fl ipped classrooms, oneto- one devices, critical thinking, connected math, achievement gap, PARCC assessments, brain breaks, STEM, STEAM, STEAMD—whoa! It seems one has to go back to school just to understand how students are learning in 2015. […]

Why buying insurance online may not be best choice for all

A recent cover story in the business section of the New York Times suggests that Internet purchasing has come crashing down on yet another industry: auto insurance. The article points out that other types of consumer policies, namely those purchased by homeowners and small-business entrepreneurs, are likewise undergoing a switch to online. The news comes […]